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#1 numchuck

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Posted 02 April 2020 - 12:25 AM

I finally got some decent guiding . taken Wednesday March 25th and 26th from my parking lot at work in Boerne , Texas . with ES127 FCD100 and QHY183m on a Celestron CGX mount . 8 second exposures with SharpCapPro ,156 minutes total , dithered every 4 minutes . 20 dark frames . processed with StarTools . I probably could push different buttons and process a different result ; I am not very confident or consistent with all of this ; but I'm sort of proud of the potential of this image . Thank you all for your help so far .

 

 m51 startools 50 bin flip.jpg


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#2 numchuck

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:48 PM

I spent the day learning a newer version of StarTools and tried to make things better . It's a challenge to get everything right at once ; but I really wanted to see down into the center .

 

m51 startools 75 bin crop.jpg


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#3 colinrm

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 08:57 PM

Those are both gorgeous!  There's so much whispy dark detail coming off of both galaxies.

 

Oh to have dark skies!  It would take me dozens of hours to get an image like that.  Enjoy!


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#4 ram812

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 10:28 PM

 Awesome detailbow.gif ! I love this galaxy as it can be seen or photographed with small to large scopes, but these pics are truly worth a thousand words. Beautiful! Ralph


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#5 sunnyday

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Posted 04 April 2020 - 11:42 PM

I love black and white.
Very well done.
thank you


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